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  • Is it time to get out of junk bonds? Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 8:30 PM ET

    Yield chasers have plowed into junk bonds, but with rate hikes looking increasingly likely, it may be time to head for the exit, analysts said.

  • Huge growth in China’s money funds poses risk Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 2:43 AM ET

    China's online money market funds have transformed how millions of Chinese invest their savings, but some see red flags. The FT reports.

  • Hunt for returns forces funds into EM debt Saturday, 13 Jun 2015 | 1:50 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Record low rates are forcing pension funds and other conservative institutional investors into risky emerging markets, analysts say. The FT reports.

  • Traders in the 10-year bond options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade signal orders.

    If calamity breaks out in the corporate bond market, it's largely mom and pop investors who may end up calling the shots.

  • Risk looms for bond fund investors Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 3:38 PM ET

    If interest rates rise too quickly, spooked mutual fund investors could set off a liquidity trap in the corporate bond market.

  • Get used to it: Interest rates are heading higher Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 6:00 PM ET
    Traders in the 30-year bond options

    After ripping higher, U.S. Treasury yields could be set for a pullback, but it could be temporary.

  • ATHENS, June 10- Ratings agency Standard& Poor's downgraded Greece's sovereign rating deeper into junk territory on Wednesday, questioning whether its debt is sustainable after the government delayed a payment to the International Monetary Fund. Greece exercised its right to group all its payments to the IMF due in June and pay them before the end of the month.

  • Hair-raising bond rout leads to capitulation Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 11:58 AM ET
    A trader takes orders at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

    This week's quick spike in bond yields appears to have abated, and some strategists believe the sudden, rapid runup in yields is over—for now.

  • HONG KONG, June 4- Troubled British retailer Tesco has hired HSBC to explore a sale of its South Korean operations, valued at about $6 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The supermarket group, whose credit rating was cut to "junk" status by Moody's and S&P in January, is battling to recover from an accounting scandal and reverse market...

  • Bond yields scream higher, give eerie glimpse of future Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 1:06 PM ET
    CME CBOT

    The wild breakout in German yields is rocking global debt markets, giving a glimpse of a world of higher interest rates.

  • CHICAGO, May 27- Strong investor demand pushed yields lower for $674 million of Chicago bonds priced on Wednesday, but the city continued to pay a penalty for its shaky finances. Carole Brown, Chicago's CFO, said the four bond issues attracted $6 billion in orders. On May 12, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit rating to junk, due to an Illinois...

  • May 21- Moody's Investors Service on Thursday cut Puerto Rico's bond ratings further into junk status, saying the troubled U.S. territory would not be able to access markets by the June 30 fiscal year-end and might have to prioritize debt payments. Puerto Rico is struggling with $72 billion in debt and faces a bond payment of $655.2 million on its general...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- Banks that entered into credit and other deals related to Chicago's general obligation variable-rate debt have agreed not to demand payments triggered when the city's rating was cut to junk by Moody's Investors Service, according to city documents. The forbearance agreements between Chicago and the banks will allow the city to convert the...

  • UPDATE 1-S&P downgrades Chicago GO bonds to A- from A+ Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 14- Chicago's credit rating suffered a new blow on Thursday when Standard& Poor's Ratings Services dropped it two notches to A-minus and warned it could fall even further. S&P's downgrade came just two days after Moody's Investors Service dropped Chicago's general obligation rating into the junk level in the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court...

  • CHICAGO, May 13- A day after pushing Chicago's credit rating to junk, Moody's Investors Service dropped ratings on Wednesday for the city's school and park districts to that level as well. Moody's dropped the rating on $6.2 billion of Chicago Board of Education general obligation bonds three notches to Ba3 and the rating on $616 million of Chicago Park District...

  • NEW YORK, May 13- A downgrade of Chicago's debt rating to junk created confusion in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market on Wednesday, with prices sliding in a volatile session and predictions that they still have further to fall. While Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's $8.1 billion of general obligation debt to junk at Ba1, other big Wall...

  • Moody's cuts Chicago credit rating to 'junk' Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Moody's cuts Chicago credit rating to 'junk'

    Chicago debt was downgraded by Moody's to "junk" level. CNBC's Kate Rogers explains.

  • CHICAGO, May 12- Moody's Investors Service on Tuesday pushed Chicago's credit rating into the "junk" category, citing limited options for easing the city's growing unfunded pension liability after a state court last week invalidated a state pension reform law. The downgrade of Chicago's $8.1 billion of general obligation bonds moves the city's rating down...

  • Everyone's looking for yield: Kamen Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Everyone's looking for yield: Kamen

    Have negative bond yields forced investors to seek returns from riskier assets like equities and junk bonds? Ken Kamen, president at Mercadien Asset Management, weighs in.

  • ATHENS, April 30- Ratings agency Moody's on Thursday cut Greece's credit rating deeper into junk territory due to uncertainty over whether the indebted country will be able to reach a deal with its international lenders in time to meet upcoming debt repayments. Moody's said it downgraded Greece's government bond rating to' Caa2' from' Caa1' and assigned it a "...